Diliman-Gerry's sinks Marinerong Pilipino in PBA D-League
ABS-CBN Sports on May 02, 2019 07:06 PM
Thanks to Diliman-Gerry's, Marinerong Pilipino is in jeopardy of missing out on the playoffs for the very first time
Diliman College-Gerry's Grill continued its Cinderella run to the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs, sinking Marinerong Pilipino, 86-85, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Beninese big man Kevin Gandjeto uncorked 29 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks, none bigger than his split from the line with 12.4 seconds left to give the Blue Dragons the marginal lead.
The Skippers still had a chance, but Mike Ayonayon and Art Aquino flubbed their chances as the final buzzer sounded.
"We just stuck to our character. We won because of our defense and our character," said coach Rensy Bajar.
Diliman-Gerry's also garnered solid performances from Joseph Brutas and Johnnel Bauzon, both of whom wound up with 15 points on a 3-of-4 shooting from distance.
The win propelled the Blue Dragons to joint fourth place in the Foundation Group, tying Chadao-FEU at 4-3.
Marinerong Pilipino, on the other hand, fell to 3-4, tied with Wangs Basketball at sixth and in danger of missing the playoffs altogether.
Ayonayon led the Skippers with 16 points but on a 5-of-21 field goal shooting, as well as adding nine rebounds and six assists.
Santi Santillan got himself 15 points and six boards, while Jhonard Clarito recorded a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds in his debut for the souped-up Marinerong Pilipino.
DILIMAN-GERRY'S 86 -- Gandjeto 29, Brutas 15, Bauzon 15, Mahari 9, Darang 7, Balagtas 7, Torrado 2, Sombero 2, Cabanag 0, Enriquez 0, Bonsubre 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO 85 -- Ayonayon 16, Santillan 15, A. Aquino 14, Clarito 12, M. Aquino 7, Victoria 7, Montalbo 5, Wamar 5, Mendoza 2, Reyes 2, Gamboa 0, Bunag 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 20-26, 49-50, 69-68, 86-85.